Welcome To The Voice

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Welcome To The Voice, 2007

"A modern opera by Steve Nieve and Muriel Teodori." Performed by Steve Nieve, Barbara Bonney, Sting, Robert Wyatt, Elvis Costello, and The Brodsky Quartet. Released 4 May 2007 in Germany, 15 May in USA.

Elvis played the lead role in a 2000-06-09 concert performance, but he plays a smaller role on the CD version.

Tracks

TitlePerformer(s) Length
1. Prologue Of Dionysos  Sting, Steve Nieve 10:54
2. Song Of The Ghost Of Carmen  Sarah Fulgoni, Sting, Steve Nieve 6:02
3. Grand Grand Freedom  Sting, Steve Nieve, Robert Wyatt, The Steel Workers Chorus 7:08
4. Unfailing Welcome To The Voice  Sting, Steve Nieve 4:05
5. Song Of The Ghost Of Butterfly  Nathalie Manfrino, Steve Nieve 2:47
6. Song Of The Ghost Of Norma  Amanda Roocroft, Steve Nieve 4:37
7. To Be Is Strong  Sting, Steve Nieve 3:30
8. Perfume Song  Barbara Bonney, Steve Nieve 4:47
9. The Desire Of Dionysos  Sting, Steve Nieve 2:36
10. Troublemaker  Elvis Costello, Robert Wyatt, Steve Nieve, The Steel Workers Chorus 4:14
11. Don't Touch Him  Barbara Bonney, Steve Nieve 4:36
12. Distanciation  Steve Nieve, The Steel Workers Chorus 0:46
13. Happiness?  Robert Wyatt, Sting, Steve Nieve 3:02
14. Despair  Elvis Costello, Sting, Robert Wyatt, Barbara Bonney, Amanda Roocroft, Sarah Fulgoni, Nathalie Manfrino, Steve Nieve 6:45
15. The Unlikely Duet  Sting, Barbara Bonney, Sarah Fulgoni, Robert Wyatt, Nathalie Manfrino, Amanda Roocroft, Elvis Costello, Steve Nieve, The Steel Workers Chorus 4:59

Credits

  • Musicians:
The Brodsky Quartet - violin, viola, cello
Ned Rothenberg - multi-instruments
Marc Ribot - guitar
Antoine Quessada - cymbals

Reviews

  • "Welcome To The Voice" is a new classical piece — oh, I might as well admit it, it's an opera with a libretto by the French writer Muriel Teodori and music by Steve Nieve, best known to the hoi polloi as the brilliant pianist in Elvis Costello & the Attractions. It's a piece about the clash between high culture and low, the upper class and the workers, and Nieve has very cleverly cast legit opera singers such as Barbara Bonney and Amanda Roocroft as the Sacred Voices, and rock singers like Costello and Sting as the Profane Voices. It's a conceit worthy of Bertold Brecht and it really works. Whether you come in through the front door of serious music or the servant's entrance of pop, "Welcome To The Voice" will make you feel welcome at the party.Bill Flanagan, CBS News

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